Last weekend (April 30 and May 1) marked the tenth year of the Camden Crawl festival, as north London was overrun by countless new bands and gig-hungry punters. Odd Future incited a stage invasion as crowds crammed onto the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage. Keep clicking for all the action from the weekender.
Over at the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage, Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats scaled a 10ft speaker stack during ‘French’ before jumping off into the crowd. Bandmate Tyler, The Creator was taken to hospital after performing a similar stunt at Friday’s show.
Odd Future attracted a huge crowd at their outdoor performance on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage. “I feel your energy, the only problem are these fucking barricades,” Tyler, The Creator told his audience.
Johnny Foreigner performed at the Black Cap on Sunday.
Frankie And The Heartstrings frontman Frankie Francis told virtualfestivals.com: “That’s the good thing about Camden Crawl, you’re a two minute walk from seeing a band you’ve never seen before and they could be your new favourite band which is exciting.” Find out what else the band had to say when we sat down for a video interview with them.
Scotland’s Dananananaykroyd also chatted with NME, dicussing their new album ‘There Is A Way’ and the filming of their energetic promo video for ‘Muscle Memory’. Click here to check it out.
Dananananaykroyd enjoyed being in London for Camden Crawl, as proven by their Facebook status updates. “Just rode around London like the fucking goonies on those hire bikes. SO much fun!,” they wrote.
Razorlight closed the weekend of live music at Electric Ballroom on Sunday night, performing songs including ‘Vertical Woman’, ‘In The Morning’ and ‘Golden Touch’. Johnny Borrell told NME of Razorlight’s return: “It feels like a new band, it reminds me of starting out but with three or four albums of material which is fun.”
There were over 300 acts playing at 50 venues around Camden this past weekend, as market-goers were replaced by swarms of gig-goers.
Five-piece Leeds band Eagulls were named one of NME’s Radar Bands Of The Day, where they were described as “rasping art-rawk gods”. They showed off their stuff at The Monarch on Saturday.
MNDR was joined by Mark Ronson for a few songs at the Jazz Cafe on Saturday. She performed another set the following night at Dingwalls, before heading back to her hometown Manhattan.
The Chapman Family performed at the Purple Turtle on Sunday, following the likes of Fiction and Pete And The Pirates.
Cerebral Ballzy were also in Camden for the festival, performing at the Black Cap and for the Red Bull Bedroom Jam.
Ballzy, indeed. When asked by the Camden Crawl organisers who else on the bill everyone should check out, Cerebral Ballzy’s Honor just told them, “Us!”.
Wolf Gang also took to the stage at The Forum. Be sure to visit www.nme.com/festivals/camden-crawl for all the Camden Crawl news, videos and more on NME.com.
Tinchy Stryder performed an intimate show at Camden Crawl, where he debuted of his new single ‘Spaceship’ (which is set for release later this Spring). He wrote on his Facebook page: “I wanna try and catch OFWGKTA and Tyler before my show too….”
Electric Ballroom housed the final performance of the festival, Razorlight. It also hosted the after-party, so the punters who didn’t want the festival to end with that hung around the Camden venue late into the night.
Giggs had an early afternoon set at Electric Ballroom. Camden Crawl founder Lisa Paulon told the Guardian of the event: “We attract a much wider scope of people now. Before it was just people who were very into the underground music scene, but now we have every type of punter under the sun from all over the country. It’s like the Camden version of the Edinburgh festival.”
The Guillemots played two sets on Sunday: an acoustic performance with a grand piano at The Forge, and an all-out one at The Forum.
CocknBullKid was at Camden Crawl on Sunday, performing at the Enterprise with other Island Records label-mates Tribes, Kid Adrift, Rizzle Kicks and Jon Fratelli.
Fever Fever performed at the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage as the sun shone down on Camden.
Fiction played a few sets during the weekend, making appearances at Dingwalls and the Purple Turtle.
Andy Ross, the festival’s curator for the Spread Eagle venue, told the Guardian: “It’s sometimes hard to get in venues for the bigger names, so you often end up stumbling into a bar to hear something. It’s a testing ground for up-and-coming bands and there is a lucky-dip element to it, and that’s really quite entertaining.”
Villagers took over The Forum’s stage on Saturday night at the Gaymers Camden Crawl.
Ray-Ban also sponsored the event, bringing a double decker bus for some small gigs from their favourite new bands. This included acoustic sessions from The Agitator, Cate le Bon, Spectrals, Bear’s Den, Two Wounded Birds, Spectrals, Dog Is Dead, The Chapman Family, Lulu And The Lampshades and Let’s Buy Happiness.
London five-piece Dry The River played at The Jazz Café on Saturday night and The Roundhouse Terrace on Sunday.
Dinosaur Pile Up came to Camden from Leeds to perform on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage. Visit www.nme.com/festivals/camden-crawl for all the Camden Crawl news on NME.com.
S.C.U.M made an appearance at the Electric Ballroom during Camden Crawl.